Who should read this article:
- Migraine sufferers.
- Neurological disorder (depression, ADHD, seizure, autism, etc.) sufferers.
- Overweight people.
- Health-conscious people.
- People. People should read this. All of them.
The Migraine of Doom!
No one knows exactly what causes migraines because the reasons can vary from person to person – there’s no blanket cause for migraine. But what they DO know is that people who are prone to them can have them aggravated by certain things.
I was getting them so frequently it was easier to say when I didn’t have one than when I did. The pain was excruciating and debilitating, lasting for days sometimes. For over a decade I had missed so much work, so much life! Of course I’d been to doctors over and again and learned some things that helped treat the symptoms. But what I wanted was to prevent the migraines from happening in the first place. I tried in vain to figure out the cause or trigger.
Having recently read some damning publications on the ingredients found in our foods, I started to make some healthful changes in my diet, eliminating foods with artificial ingredients and GMOs. I did this just because I wanted to be a healthier individual. Artificial sweeteners with their link to cancer, Alzheimer’s, and diabetes, had been crossed off my food list for years, as had Monosodium Glutamate (MSG). (My husband, who suffers with ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder), had learned decades earlier that MSG irritated his condition. In subsequent years, he also learned the other effects of MSG, including migraine. He taught me to recognize certain ingredients in foods that were hidden sources of MSG.)
A pleasant side-effect to all these dietary changes was finding myself migraine-free for about two weeks. I was on cloud nine! Then one fateful night, I settled into a plate of chicken with rice and veggies lovingly prepared for us by my mother. It was a new recipe and it was oh, so good! A half an hour later I found myself in excruciating pain in my head. It would be useless to try to put words to the pain I felt. I will say that on a scale of one to ten, this was a twenty. I literally begged my husband to end my life. Of course he wouldn’t do my bidding, but he did do everything in his power to ease my pain.
About an hour into my agony I began to think about what could have caused this sudden onset of a migraine. For years I had searched for the “why” I suffered with migraines, but there were too many variables to pin it down. This night held the answer. It was something I was eating. But what? My husband dug through the garbage to find the packet of sauce my mother had used. He scrutinized the packet’s ingredients to find only one questionable listing: modified corn starch. A quick Internet search yielded a great deal of information about this ingredient. The process required to “modify” corn starch often utilizes MSG. MSG (the little devil!) was hidden in a place I’d never heard of! Five or six hours later, I emerged from my dark, silent cave of a room, my headache now a manageable 60% less in severity – probably a nine on the pain scale. I served up some ice cream to help to numb my brain a little and then went to work looking up the hidden sources of MSG. . .because I sure as hell wanted to avoid them at all costs if they were going to make me feel like this! That’s when I learned the most important piece of knowledge regarding MSG. But more on that in a bit.
MSG seemed to be in just about everything. Read more…